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20 First Christmas Baby Gifts That Their Parents Will Really Appreciate

Kickoff their very first Christmas with a new tradition — being the best gift-giver they know.

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What a year! The holidays are finally here! And while we’re doing our best to make sure the products we feature will arrive in time, shipping times are especially tricky this year, so we suggest shopping as early as you can.

Stock and shipping times can vary depending on where you live, which product you purchase, and more. So order earlier than you think you need to and be sure to double-check the retailers’ websites for shipping information to ensure that your gift will arrive in time for when you need it.

1. A portable busy board for a fun and effective way to improve their motor skills with activities like buttons and buckles.

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Promising review: "This busy board is hands-down our most favorite for our 1-year-old toddler! Whether we keep it at home or bring it in the car with us, it keeps our little toddler busy by playing with the various buckles and zippers for long periods of time. The busy board is a good size and fits most diaper bags. It is designed with materials soft to the touch and is accessible and easy to use for any ages! Also it is a great alternative to using a tablet or smartphone, especially in public places because it’s very quiet to play with. Overall we’re very pleased with this product and the quality of it. We definitely recommend it to any parent!!"—Vianne Bratsis/Angelo Bratsis

Shipping Info: Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shopping. Non-Prime shipping options will still arrive before Christmas (see Amazon’s full shipping information here).

Get it from Amazon for $18.99.

2. A muslin milestone mat set that comes with a felt triangle frame and swaddle blanket to help document their baby's growth in Instagramworthy style.

a white muslin blanket that says "months" with the numbers 1 through 12 on it with a triangle frame over the number four and a black and white blanket folded on top
Target

Promising review: "Love the material and the second muslin blanket can be used to swaddle baby. Love the style and recommend it for your monthly baby pictures." —New mom of two

Shipping Info: Two-day shipping available for select products.

Get it from Target for $21.99

3. A compact UV sanitizer if the parents of this COVID-era baby are extra concerned about germs. This portable cleaner eliminates 99.99% of bacteria and is the perfect size for high-touch necessities like pacifiers, bottle nipples, teethers, and other small baby items.

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Promising review: "This is great. I never felt my pacifiers were clean enough to go back into baby’s mouth. I used to have to wait until I got home, so they could be run through the dishwasher, but now I can just rinse them off and throw them into this little thing and have them clean in seconds!" —Mamabear91599

Shipping Info: Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shopping. Non-Prime shipping options will still arrive before Christmas (see Amazon’s full shipping information here).

Get it from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in two styles)

4. A lighted recordable pop-up book so far away relatives can still be a part of the holiday magic with a page-by-page voice recording of The Night Before Christmas.

Hallmark

Promising review: "This is one of the most amazing books we've recorded for my great-grand baby. She lives so far away and her grammy and I love reading to her. When she got it and heard our voices she was so excited. I would recommend this to any and all grandparents." —Diane

Shipping info: Orders with ground shipping arrive within three to eight business days. Expedited and rush shipping upgrades available at an additional cost. Free same-day in-store pickup is also available.

Get it from Hallmark for $39.99.

5. A cookie-shaped teething toy with chew beads and a pacifier clip so their little one can find a little relief from teething-related pain.

Amazon

Promising review: "Bought this for my 6-month old. She's 13 months now and it's still her favorite teether/toy. We use it for travel-only (and special occasions, like visiting new people) so it remains 'special' — she gets to have it in the car, stroller, airplane, etc. It keeps her well-occupied and happy. It's that thing you NEVER want to forget to pack. In fact, we bought two in case we lost one. Buy it for your kid or someone else's kid — it will be a hit. Bonus: it comes in pretty cute packaging if I remember correctly." —Trish P.

Shipping Info: Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shopping. Non-Prime shipping options will still arrive before Christmas (see Amazon’s full shipping information here).

Get it from Amazon for $13.98 (available in two colors).

6. A newborn-safe electric nail file if these nervous new parents hate handling sharp tools near their baby's flailing hands and feet. This handy gadget makes nail maintenance easier, and will grow with them thanks to four age-appropriate filing pads

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Promising review: "Was hesitant to buy this and concerned it wouldn’t actually work because I have never known anyone who use something like this, but it definitely does work. I’ve been too terrified to use nail clippers on my new baby, hence why I bought this — so glad I did, newborns fingernails are so so sharp and grow so fast. When first used, got help from somebody else, but today I actually did it by myself and it didn’t bother the baby one bit. They are extremely safe and effective. Certainly seems impossible to injure little finger tips with this cool device." —Sleepy PA

Shipping Info: Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shopping. Non-Prime shipping options will still arrive before Christmas (see Amazon’s full shipping information here).

Get it from Amazon for $26.99.

7. A portable vibrating pad so you can give tired parents a break from endless crying and sleepless nights with soothing vibrations that'll help their baby drift off to dreamland without filing into the car for another drive around the neighborhood.

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Promising review: "This is honestly one of our most-used baby items. We keep it in the car seat but also use it went when traveling to soothe baby to rest. People are always asking what it is and I gladly show them and recommend it. It gets daily use at our house." —J. Behnke

Shipping Info: Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shopping. Non-Prime shipping options will still arrive before Christmas (see Amazon’s full shipping information here).

Get it from Amazon for $27.99.

8. A waterproof The Pigeon Needs a Bath book because their kid can probably relate to not wanting to take a bath, but a story about this dirty bird will probably make it a lot more fun.

Amazon

Promising review: "We love this book! My 3-year-old had me read it about 30 times upon arrival and now has all of the words memorized! I love that it is the waterproof material so it can go in the bath too (fitting with the theme of the book), this will help us to get him into the tub (he hates bath time)." —B. Brown

Shipping Info: Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shopping. Non-Prime shipping options will still arrive before Christmas (see Amazon’s full shipping information here).

Get a set from Amazon for $5.99.

9. A too-cute full-coverage bib with long sleeves and an extended length to curb mealtime messes and save them from spending every evening in the laundry room.

a child model wearing the long sleeve bib while siting in a high chair
Amazon

Bibbrella is a small business founded by a mother, Natalie, who was tired of traditional bibs not doing much to defend against countless messes and ruined outfits. So they created a better solution to make mealtimes easier!

Promising review: "I'm so glad I found this bib! I have twin boys and used to undress them for every meal so they wouldn't stain their clothes. It took a lot of time to undress and dress two babies three times a day. This is a time saver!!! It stains especially with pasta sauce, but I love that you can throw it in the washer. I would definitely purchase again." —Brett Sillitoe

Shipping Info: Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shopping. Non-Prime shipping options will still arrive before Christmas (see Amazon’s full shipping information here).

Get it from Amazon for $19.99

10. A sophisticated wooden piano for training up the next mini maestro with a toy that plays real music and even includes six sets of beginner "sheet music" so they can gradually learn to play classic melodies.

a reviewer photo of the piano with a music note card inserted
amazon.com

Promising review: "I was looking for a musical toy for my great nephew for his first birthday. He immediately figured out how to make it play music and he loves it. And I love that it's NOT toddler tunes, but actual music, including classical. He can play his own music by touching the keys, or the piano will play music for him to listen to. Batteries are included came installed. We only had to remove it from the box and turn it on. The colors are attractive to a baby, the sound is nice, and it is sturdy enough to withstand some abuse. The 1-year old's 3-year-old brother loves it, too! Bonus!"—BeeDubyaDee

Shipping Info: Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shopping. Non-Prime shipping options will still arrive before Christmas (see Amazon’s full shipping information here). 

Get it from Amazon for $22.49.

11. A DIY baby print ornament kit to help their parents create a one-of-a-kind keepsake they'll hang on the tree for many Christmases to come.

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Promising review: "I love these! We made it a tradition to stamp all of our children's hands from their first Christmas to their last. This stuff is amazing while they are young and don't understand what we are doing just yet. It's no mess and easy to do. You can hang it on the tree a couple of days after doing it" —Jamie

Shipping Info: Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shopping. Non-Prime shipping options will still arrive before Christmas (see Amazon’s full shipping information here).

Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

12. A lightweight animal rocker that comes in a variety of adorable designs if your favorite little prince or princess is in need of a plush, joy-inducing throne to call their own.

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Promising review: "Our 1-year-old granddaughter loves this unicorn. She rides it and hugs it while she’s sitting on it. We bought it for Christmas and it’s already gotten plenty of use!"—TJB

Shipping Info: Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shopping. Non-Prime shipping options will still arrive before Christmas (see Amazon’s full shipping information here).

Get it from Amazon for $59.99+ (available in 14 styles).

13. A pack of colorful muslin blankets that are large enough to use for a wide range of baby tasks from swaddling and burping to a lightweight and breathable stroller cover.

Target

Promising review: "I love these swaddle blankets! I received a brand that was TOO small and I bought these on a whim and they are perfect! Great size and perfect colors!!" —ECuadras

Shipping Info: Two-day shipping available for select products.

Get a three-pack from Target for $19.99.

14. A light-up sports center so their future MVP can get to shooting free throws and scoring goals with an LED scoreboard that counts up to ten and gears and buttons that play 50+ educational songs, sounds, and phrases.

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Promising review: "I bought this as a Christmas gift to my 16-month-old grandson. He loves it...we can spend hours kicking the ball or playing basketball. It was definitely his favorite toy and it is great for keeping him busy. It is also educational as it teaches kids how to count and ABCs. I highly recommend this item." —Maurice Horn

Shipping Info: Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shopping. Non-Prime shipping options will still arrive before Christmas (see Amazon’s full shipping information here).

Get it from Amazon for $44.99 (available in two colors).

15. A multi-functional baby sound machine to combine a nightlight, sound machine, and time-to-rise alert in one pretty little machine they can control remotely from their phone as not to disturb their sleeping babe.

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Promising review: "There are several sound machines in my house, but this is by far my favorite one — we even bring it on trips. The app is super easy to use. I programmed the settings so that the nursery is set for bedtime light/sound when baby's bedtime rolls around every night. The sounds are soothing, especially the waves one, that I bring it on trips so baby has a consistent noise environment. If I have to change baby's diaper in the middle of the night, I light it at the lowest levels, and it's pretty easy to see without waking baby up too much. Though it's a pricier than other sound machines, the Ok to Wake function makes it worth it. I can see this being used for years and years. I love this so much, I would easily give it as a baby shower gift." —Elle

Shipping Info: Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shopping. Non-Prime shipping options will still arrive before Christmas (see Amazon’s full shipping information here).

Get it from Amazon for $59.99 (originally $99.99).

16. A silicone baby feeding set for the tyke who's gearing up for solid food, and parents gearing up for all the messes that come with it.

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the set includes two silicone bibs, a divider plate, a suction bowl, two soft-tipped spoons, plus a bonus reusable food pouch.

Promising review: "These products are great. After trying the bibs for the first time, my husband said to throw all the other ones away because these were the best! After a year none of the items have stained, they are super easy to clean and the bowls keep their suction, unlike other suction bowls we have purchased. The plate is nice because it's not as bulky as some others although I would prefer it to be a little deeper. The spoons have held up well and are nice because they are easy for tots to get their mouth into the bowl without hurting their lips. Great products at a great price." —Todd

Shipping Info: Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shopping. Non-Prime shipping options will still arrive before Christmas (see Amazon’s full shipping information here).

Get it from Amazon for $28.97 (available in four colors).

17. A door frame-mounted bouncer if their kiddo is ready for a little playtime independence. This seat provides hours of fun, exercises their legs, and allows them to be a part of the action without having to worry about chasing them all over creation.

Amazon

Promising review: "I had one of these for my babies 25+ years ago and absolutely loved it. I got this one for my 7-month-old granddaughter, who is now 9 months old. She loves it, the giggles and squeals are priceless! It is very sturdy and safe! I don't have door jams in my living room so I put wood blocks on a beam and it works perfectly! EVERYONE loves the independence!!" —JM

Shipping Info: Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shopping. Non-Prime shipping options will still arrive before Christmas (see Amazon’s full shipping information here).

Get it from Amazon for $20.49+ (available in two colors).

18. A mesh bath toy organizer that'll help their parents reclaim the tub and once again take showers without fear of stepping on a hard plastic toy.

a reviewer photo of a white mesh organizer with one big pocket and three small pockets mounted with two suction cup hooks
amazon.com

Promising review: "My 6-year-old likes to play with a boat and some of the green army men while he takes a bath, and let me be the first to say that stepping on one of those army men in the middle of the night is worse than a Lego! We tried using a tote for his toys, but then the tote and his toys ended up moldy. I have had this up for about a month now, and it has saved my feet and not molded yet! We used the square sticky pads to apply it to the dry part of the tub opposite of the showerhead. I would recommend this product if you have a little that loves bath toys." —Amazon Customer 

Shipping Info: Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shopping. Non-Prime shipping options will still arrive before Christmas (see Amazon’s full shipping information here). 

Get it from Amazon for $9.98.

19. A washable leakproof floor mat so they can keep their floors looking like they did before they introduced a lovable but messy child into their home. The top easily wipes clean, while the bottom is dotted with silicone dots for safe, skid-proof protection.

Reviewer's picture of the cartoon safari-themed floor mat under a high chair
amazon.com

Promising review: "Not just a food/high chair mat! My mom once said she used to put a tarp under my sister and me when we were eating in the high chair and I thought she was weird until I had my own kids. This is a great idea!!!! It's good for every meal or just the messy ones. It’s plenty big, but not excessive. What I like the best is the grip; it has the sticky grips, like a bathroom rug or grippy slippers. It’s not super thick so it can be washed with other stuff and not take up too much room in the washer. It is made of good material that keeps your floors/surfaces clean and allows you to do a quick wipe off and use again without fully washing. But my favorite part of what I realized is this will be great for arts and crafts activities as well as picnics. Use it to cover your table so the markers or paints don’t get all over or use it for a play mat at the park. It’s way easier to wash than a blanket or picnic mat. Totally worth it!!!" —Kylee

Shipping Info: Available on Amazon Prime with two-day shopping. Non-Prime shipping options will still arrive before Christmas (see Amazon’s full shipping information here). 

Get it from Amazon for $18.09+ (available in 11 styles).

20. A raglan Pink Floyd onesie because it's never too early to start influencing their taste in music.

an off-white onside with a Pink Floyd print, blue trim, and blue raglan long sleeves
Pink Chicken

Pink Chicken is a New York City-based, woman-owned children's brand selling original apparel and accessories for mommy and baby alike, while giving back at the same time. To date, they've donated 25,000 pieces of clothing and counting.

Shipping info: Orders placed on weekdays before 2 p.m. ship the same day. Free shipping is available for orders over $150, while two-day and next-day shipping upgrades are available at an additional cost.

Get it from Pink Chicken for $45 (available in two sizes). 

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